If you like your green been casserole less saucy, you could reduce the amounts of cream and broth by a third or a fourth. The sauce and the topping can be refrigerated in separate containers for 2 days. To finish, microwave sauce, covered, for 1 minute before adding to beans in slow cooker. Crisp the bread-crumb mixture in a skillet before topping beans. From Cook’s Country, October/November 2010. Want more holiday slow cooker recipes, check out our story, “Searching for Christmas Sanity in Your Crock-Pot.”
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1 cup canned fried onions
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 ounces white or cremini mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
2 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
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2 slices hearty white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups canned fried onions
PULSE canned fried onions in food processor until finely ground; set aside. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook until mushrooms release liquid, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add flour and ground onions and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Stir in broth and cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is very thick and creamy, about 10 minutes.
COMBINE sauce and green beans in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until beans are tender, 5 to 6 hours.
PULSE bread and butter in food processor until coarsely ground. Toast bread crumbs and onions in clean skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Top green beans with bread-crumb mixture. Serve.
Yield: 10 servings.
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